Spain tightens entry rules with booster requirements

Barcelona Spain [Credit: TTstudio/]
A view of Barcelona from Park Guell. Spain will introduce new entry rules next month that include boosters for people who were vaccinated more than 270 days ago. Photo Credit: TTstudio/

Spain is making Covid-19 booster shots part of its entry requirements.

The country will require U.S. visitors to have a booster shot if their last date of Covid vaccination is more than 270 days prior to arrival. Travelers must receive the booster shot (or their last required dose) at least 14 days before they arrive in Spain, its tourism department announced on Jan. 14.

The rule goes into effect Feb. 1, which means that on that day, anyone who received their last Covid shot earlier than May 7 would need a booster.

Spain joins a growing list of countries now requiring travelers obtain Covid boosters in order to meet entry requirements. Austria updated its entry rules to include booster shots in late December, while the Netherlands will enforce booster requirements starting in February.

Accepted vaccines include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Travelers are also still required to fill out health control forms prior to departure.


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